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May 24, 2019

Jessie J y R.O.S.E., you want it then you get it

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio / 7 mins read

Jessica Ellen Cornish, better known as Jessie J, is a singer who has been given worldwide recognition, millions follow her on social networks and fill the places where she performs. The popularity lists of many countries have placed her in the first places because the response of the public to some of her themes has been incredible. After all that I just wrote I still think one thing: with Jessie J, has not been done justice like the great performer and composer she is. I think the way she positioned herself before the big public around the world, was mainly with the song "Bang, Bang", in which she was accompanied by Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj and very possibly that was the mistake. Why? Because although the song represented an enormous projection for the singer, an impressive record of sales and a positioning of her image that gives envy, the song does not stop being frivolous and trivial. It is a subject in which nobody can be taken seriously no matter how good her interpretation is and no matter how big the artists that surround her are in the making of the album and the video. In fact and said this with all due respect, I do not think that a singer with the vocal quality and the impressive ability to handle as many genres as Jessie J is, it suits her to do a duet with Nicki Minaj; I'm sorry, but that's what I believe and I think from the point of view of the immense distance between artist and artist in terms of quality to interpret, beauty of the voice and styles they handle. Even being next to Ariana Grande could be seen as a great endorsement, but as I said before, that song is not worth it and that is the impression she leaves for many who saw her for the first time, that of another singer and, finally that's what counts for many. Take her seriously is to know all her work, deepen all the influences she manages to sing and compose, appreciate the extensive knowledge and control she has over her own voice and, the great ability and great taste she has to choose the arrangements and music for all her themes, knows how to surround herself with good producers, musicians, choristers and arrangers to shape her creations. The best sample that she has given us of her greatness is the album, "R.O.S.E.", a selection of songs that fills us with the best R & B, Soul, Jazz, and even Latino. The meaning of the album in terms of its social and emotional content can be given better by who created it and the millions who have heard it, I am only here to share my taste for music and, well, Jessie J gives me plenty of reasons to adore everything she did on this record. "R.O.S.E." is a clear sign that when an artist sets out to achieve something outstanding, she can achieve it.

Parece fácil

When an artist is virtuous, she makes all things she does seem easy, but it is not so. To reach a level of excellence like the one Jessie J has achieved; in addition to the gift with which she was born to sing, it takes years of study, thousands of hours of practice, a superhuman effort and an unwavering will to achieve it, not to mention the great job it takes to break through as a soloist in the commercial world. The song "Easy On Me" is a sample of it. Jessie J shows us all her ability and voice management to reach the levels of the best African-American R & B and Soul singers. Imagine all the times she had to listen to the great exponents of American R & B of all time. Regardless of the lyrics of the song, which may or may not like it, the melody, arrangements, and interpretation are from another world.

This is the Real Deal

When an artist has the ability to transport you with her sound, arrangements, and images, to places that are familiar to you but in which she has probably never been, it is because of the enormous sensitivity that she possesses and that allows her to connect with people so distant and different that, when playing her music, the environment becomes magical. For me, it is the case of the song "Real Deal" from the first moment I heard it and saw the video, images of Havana, Cuba came to my mind. It is a lighthearted song, reminiscent of the traditional Latin rhythms, sung with freedom, but at the same time with total control of the situation. Again, and as in the whole album, the singer boasts a privileged voice.

A bird with a thousand voices

When you get to the song "One Night Lover" you are surprised by the versatility with which the artist can handle not only several styles but, also different voice ranges. Her tessitura can become very subtle and sometimes rough and violent. It looks like a bird with a thousand voices. This song is not as slow as others in this section, "Sex"; however, keeps enough cadence to dance it quietly or to be doing something even more interesting than dancing with your one-night lover, you know what I mean. Surprisingly, almost at the end of the song, Jessie J and the filmmakers of this great album, give us, again, a Latin rhythm, sensual and hot to go in tone to this part of the work.

She must be a Queen

I understand that the song "Queen" deserves a special mention for all that represents for women but, as I said at the beginning, this time I just want to refer to that musical gift that the artist has given us, and I leave the interpretations of the content to all of you. Personally, I think that all music lovers should pay more attention to this singer and do everything possible to be taken into account as one of the greatest, and not be placed as a singer of the moment. To the extent that the greatest performers of the scene consider her as an artist who can be part of that small circle of musical royalty, we can have more and more material of this Queen.

I do believe in Jessie J

For my part, I declare my total devotion for this impressive voice, and my entire confidence that she will soon have a place of recognition and admiration among the public because she has it well deserved, definitely I do believe in Jessie J. Enjoy "R.O.S.E." but, above all, enjoy the privilege you have of hearing a gifted voice.